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Modus
(303 words)

[German version]

has two meanings in Roman law: one describing a ‘measure’ primarily of land, the other - according to the matter in hand - the same as the modern concept of an instruction (on a gift or testamentary benefit).

M. agri (the land measure) was the subject of a well-known action from Paul. sent. 2,17,4  (actio de modo agri): if the price of a piece of land was calculated according to its area, the purchaser could demand from the seller double the proportional price as a private penalty, if it transpired that the area was smaller than stated.…

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Modus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e808050>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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